Superfund Research Program
Community Health and Continuing Education
Project Leader: Kirby C. Donnelly
Grant Number: P42ES004917
Funding Period: 2000-2008
Much of the Outreach Core activities have focused on working within the communities in which TAMU scientists do research. Annual reports were developed and translated for the study population in Azerbaijan. In addition, an "Environmental Health" workshop was delivered to approximately 30 health care professionals in Baku, Azerbaijan in May. The attendees included hospital administrators and health department directors. There was a consensus among participants that this information needed to be available to a broader audience in Azerbaijan. The current plan is to return to Azerbaijan in May or June of 2008 and to provide workshops in Baku, Sumgayit and Ganges (the three major cities in this country). Several continuing education courses have been presented to nurses in Texas, and the "Children’s Environmental Health" class is now available on-line for Continuing Nurses Education credit. The Outreach Core has also made a number of presentations in high schools on "Health and Your Environment", as well as "Careers in Environmental Health". Most recently, the cCore facilitated a forum theatre workshop in a community affected by nearby petroleum facilities. The forum workshop was attended by over 50 residents of the Hillcrest Community to discuss a recent US Court Case where the CITGO Corp. had been found guilty of air pollution violations. The workshop allowed the families to express their concerns, as well as to discuss participation in an exposure study in the area. The cCore has also continued to provide a variety of one-day workshops on environmental health to the Texas Commission for Environmental Quality, as well as to medical students conducting a border rotation at the South Texas Environmental Education and Research (STEER) program.